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The Project of Prose in Early Modern Europe and the New World


  • 6 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 220 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.341 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521038706)

What were the possibilities of prose as a literary medium in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? And how did it operate in the literary and social world? The Project of Prose in Early Modern Europe and the New World brings together ten essays by leading scholars of the literatures of England, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and the colonial Americas, to answer these questions in wide-ranging ways. Several of the essays shed light on landmark prose works of the period; some discuss what lesser-known writings reveal about the medium; others move between the literary and the non-literary to reflect on the medium's intersections with history, fiction, subjectivity, the state, science and other aspects of social and cultural life. Overall, this 1997 collection will provoke an international reconsideration of the remarkable visibility and diversity of the medium of prose in the early modern period.

• A full-length examination of prose as literary medium in early modern Europe and Americas • Includes ten essays by leading scholars of early modern European and American literature


List of illustrations; Notes on the contributors; 1. Introduction: the project of prose and early modern literary studies Roland Greene and Elizabeth Fowler; 2. Cannibal, cartographer, soldier, spy: the peirai of Mendes Pinto's Peregrinação Ronald W. Sousa; 3. 'niu ureiting': the prose of language reform in the English Renaissance Paula Blank; 4. Relations of prose: knights errant in the archives of early modern Italy Stephanie H. Jed; 5. Opening gates and stopping hedges: Grafton, Stow and the politics of Elizabethan history writing David Scott Kastan; 6. The subject of America: history and alterity in Montaigne's 'Des Coches' Timothy Hampton; 7. Anatomizing the commonwealth: language, politics and the Elizabethan social order William H. Sherman; 8. From polemical prose to the Red Bull: the Swetnam controversy in women-voiced pamphlets and the public theatre Ann Rosalind Jones; 9. Bacon's New Atlantis and the laboratory of prose Amy Boesky; 10. History, law and the eyewitness: protocols of authority in Bernal Díaz del Castillo's Historia verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España Rolena Adorno; 11. Fictions of immanence, fictions of embassy Roland Greene; Index.


Roland Greene, Elizabeth Fowler, Ronald W. Sousa, Paula Blank, Stephanie H. Jed, David Scott Kastan, Timothy Hampton, William H. Sherman, Ann Rosalind Jones, Amy Boesky, Rolena Adorno

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